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Ben's Reticulated Anemokapi by thomastapir Ben's Reticulated Anemokapi by thomastapir
I asked for and received permission from ~whalewithlegs ([link]) to do my own take on one of the gorgeous creatures from his spectacular Monster Generations sampler ([link]). Why do I have such a soft spot for this particular creature, out of all the amazing creatures featured? Let me count the ways:

1] I love giraffids;
2] I love hexapods;
3] I love anemones, barnacles, nudibranches, cephalopods, and all things slimy, spineless, marine, and tentacular;
4] I love chimerical phyletic hybrids;
5] I'm a big fan of Octavia Butler's "Xenogenesis" series, featuring the anemone-analog-derived and tentacle-headed Oankali;
--and last but not least,
6] Since 2005, I have been working on a science fiction novel about a planet where phanerozoic life followed a symbiotic/colonial evolutionary pathway, yielding body designs eerily similar to this creature's.

Okay, that's six ways, but there are probably more I can't think of right now. --Oh, wait, I just thought of one: the head ornamentation evoked fond memories of the "Spineys" and "Tubers" from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles RPG. Both species were relict vestiges of ancient galactic races so transformed by exposure to mutagenic biological weapons that representative individuals could only be positively identified by their namesake tubes and spikes.

I'm also a big fan of Ben's creature designs in general because the way he handles musculature and joint articulation implies a true parallel evolution towards vertebrate-style body forms--whereas my creatures generally look like vertebrates built by committee. :| I hope some of Ben's imaginative originality comes across in my take on this unique and delightful creature.

Based on an original concept design by ~whalewithlegs/Ben Poulsen--all intellectual copyrights retained by same.
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TheMorlock Oct 4, 2013  Student General Artist
Really love this!
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:iconthomastapir:
OH man, this is an old one!  But thanks!  XP
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TheMorlock Oct 8, 2013  Student General Artist
Well, I just discovered it. Kind of Lovecraftian.
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:iconsidetrack1:
reminds me of animorphs 4 sum reason
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weirdsketch Jul 10, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
how you did the muscular anatomy is amazing in itself.
i just love the concept of this creature, job well done! ^ ^
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:iconthomastapir:
Thanks very much, I'm glad you like it and I appreciate your kind words!
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weirdsketch Jul 12, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no problem! ^ ^
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AJTalon Apr 30, 2011  Student Writer
Weird, but a very good weird.
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:iconthomastapir:
Hah, that's what I aim for! Thanks. :)
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:icondinshino:
It's the god of the forest from princess monanoke!
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